AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
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In This Issue: Education Session | 2017 Grantee Spotlight: A Family for Aziah | 2017 Grantee Spotlight: Encouraging Girl Power | Leadership Letter | Women and Leadership Event Focuses on Voting Rights
June’s education program will look at how we assimilate non-English speaking newcomers into our country. We’ll hear from experts and volunteers who help these families navigate language and cultural barriers while seeking medical help, legal advice, family social services and education.
Marc Rodriguez, Alderman, City of Annapolis
Mario Casasco, Director, Office of Immigrant and Multi-Cultural Affairs, Office of the County Executive
Gaston Gamez, English Language Learner Family and Community Outreach, Board of Education
Waleska Casiano, Immigration Attorney at Mid-Atlantic Legal and Immigration Services, LLC and Board Member, Centro de Ayuda
Q and A with an Annapolis-area Hispanic high school student
St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Road.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are here to ensure the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned in our community. The CASA organization, a non-profit supported by an AAWGT grant, recruits, screens, trains and supports these community volunteers, who will represent foster children in court and throughout their time in the foster care system -- with a goal of finding them a safe, permanent, loving place to call home.
Six of the nine group members were present for both a pre-test and post-test. The results of this questionnaire show a 50% decrease in feelings of hopelessness, 67% improvement in body image, 67% improvement in self-esteem specific to peer relationships, and 100% improvement in overall self-esteem. Several of the girls who took the questionnaire and whose score “stayed the same,” showing no significant improvement in some of the categories, scored high on the pre-test to begin with.
The spring session of Go Grrrls began on March 1. Participants were identified from among current Arundel Lodge clients, local middle schools, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, and various community members.
For our new members, first of all, welcome! Here’s a brief history. A group of women decided in 2006 to join together and use their philanthropic dollars to further their commitment to causes. Collective giving would have the kind of impact they sought. Several of our Founders were at the Spring Open house on April 11 at London Towne and Garden.
The Giving Circle is now in its 12th year, and our more than 200 members voted on May 9th to decide which non-profits will receive the 2018 grants totaling more than $100,000. (We'll be sending an announcement out soon.) That is collaborative giving. Once again we will be fulfilling our mission to support initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in our county. All together, we have awarded more than 80 grants!
Betsy Chotin, President
Sue Pitchford, Vice-President and President-Elect
Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for
continued change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by
ordinary women who have played a role in the history of their countries
and communities. This year’s March 8 AAWGT event, “Women on the March,”
came on the heels of unprecedented national and global movement for
Every March we hold a
Women & Leadership event with inspiring women speaking about how
they lead change. The most effective, lasting change happens through
local efforts, but hearing from someone leading that change nationally
makes us realize that we’re part of a larger movement to make the world a
better place for women and their families.
year the focus was voting rights. Main speaker Angela Dodson, author of
“Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the
Ballot Box,” discussed her book about the women’s suffrage movement in
the U.S. and women’s political gains up to the present. Ashley Oleson,
Administrative Director for the League of Women Voters of Maryland,
talked about the League’s work, emphasizing that women’s most important
right is to vote. And Carol Richards, a longtime journalist now teaching
at George Washington University, moderated the discussion. Topics
discussed were the effect of gerrymandering on steering elections toward
specific parties, how the “MeToo” movement is creating momentum among
women voters, and specific advocacy that AAWGT members might engage in.
An overall takeaway from the program, attended by more than 100, was that we’ve made progress but there’s still work to be done to get us to the full potential of equality.